Video: Alex Pereira, Glover Teixeira trade punches in wild sparring session


Fighters often talk about the wild sparring sessions in the gym that help prepare them for wars in the cage. That’s exactly what Alex Pereira appears to be doing as he gets ready to clash with Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 281.

As he anxiously awaits his chance to become UFC middleweight champion, Pereira is deep in training camp, working alongside Glover Teixeira at the former light heavyweight king’s gym in Connecticut.

In a new video posted to Instagram, Pereira and Teixeira engage in an intense back-and-forth exchange with the fighters landing punch after punch until the session finally ends.

The exchanges reveal both fighters landing hits, not backing down at all as they try to get the best from each other during the sparring round. When time is finally called, Pereira and Teixeira take a step back and tap gloves as teammates after what can only be described as an intense battle in training.

Of course, Teixeira has long championed Pereira as a future UFC champion after they first started working together as the former GLORY kickboxing champion sought to make a full-time transition to MMA.

Pereira’s record with UFC has been impeccable. He holds a 3-0 mark and has two knockouts, including an impressive finish against Sean Strickland at UFC HTML1. This helped Pereira earn his title shot against Adesanya at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12.

Pereira has already won two kickboxing victories over Adesanya and now Pereira will be looking to add another victory in his bid to become UFC champion.